Coconut Cake Donuts

Coconut Baked Donuts

Soft, cake-like baked coconut donuts infused with coconut flavors inside, glazed in coconut icing, and dipped into sweetened coconut flakes. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, Coconut, doughnuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 10 (makes 10-12)
Calories 226 kcal
Author Lyuba Brooke



  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut sugar*
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 1/2 -2 cups coconut flakes sweetened
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a donut pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg, sugar, buttermilk, coconut milk, melted butter and vanilla extract together until smooth.
  3. Sift in all dry ingredients and whisk until all incorporated.
  4. Transfer batter into a piping bag. (You may have to do it in two takes or the bag will be too full to pipe.)
  5. Cut the tip off both piping bag, leaving only about ½ inch opening.
  6. Squeeze batter into the donut cups of the pan, filling them. Make sure there is an even amount of batter all around.
  7. Bake for 10-11 minutes and cool on the wire rack until they can be handled. Spread paper towel under the cooling rack to catch icing drippings.

  8. While donuts are cooling, prepare the icing.
  9. Heat up coconut milk and vanilla in the microwave for a few seconds (15-20 seconds). Place powder sugar in a bowl and coconut flakes in another bowl. Whisk in coconut milk mixture into powder sugar until all smooth.
  10. Dip each donut into icing, covering top and sides. Dip them into coconut flakes and carefully place back on the wire rack.
  11. Let them sit until completely cooled and icing is set.

Recipe Notes

*You can use 1 cup of white granulated sugar instead of coconut sugar. Don't be concerned that donut color will be different if you use white sugar because coconut sugar is what gives these donuts this bright orange-ish color.*

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Nutrition Facts
Coconut Baked Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.